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- Jan 19, '12 by spore2008The weekly class schedule is intense. Mondays I am in class from 8am until 6.30pm, Tuesdays 9am to 4pm, Wednesdays 9am-11am and then same minor committments; Thursdays and Fridays are clinical days and we are in the hospital from 6.45am until 3.30pm. We have not had any exams yet. Our first one is tomorrow.
If you can live close to campus or on a bus line, I'd recommend it. This way you can sleep later on clinical days! I live about 2.5 miles from the nursing school. Sometimes I drive, sometimes I take the bus.
If you have already taken Nutrition, you will likely take a 1 credit independent study which involves some homework and attendance at 3 lectures (partial) during the course of the semester.
For clinicals we are divided into groups of 7 students. I know those students a bit better.
FYI, I'd say about half of the class is in their early twenties, about a quarter just graduated from undergrad. I am over 30 and about quater of the class is in that age range. About a quarter of the class is male. Almost everyone is from PA...I am not.
Any other questions, just ask.
- Jan 29, '12 by sully23Thanks so much for getting back to me! I hope your first exam went well! One other question I had was how much is tuition for the program for out of state students? Thanks!
- Jan 29, '12 by spore2008Hi Sully23,
Tuition is about 42-44K.
I had to take out loans: both subsidized and unsubsidized from the US government. Be proactive and fill out your FAFSA. I had to take out about 4K in private loans to cover the difference.
Also, I do not know if you are male, an underrepresented minority, or financially challenged. There was a scholarship of 10K offered to 4 students in my class and for the class before me. Hopefully, the scholarship will still be offered. Since I do not fit into any of those categories, I did not apply for the aid. There is very little tuition assistance for second degree students.
My cohort is about 1/4 male. About 1/4 is about 30years and older (max 36), probably about 1/2 are in their early twenties (just graduated or 1-3 years out of undergrad). Most folk are from PA (in state tuition) though some have moved to Pittsburgh in the last few years or so.
I am older and from out-of-state. A true career changer.
Good luck. And any other questions, please ask.